The Pride of the Legion


1h 10m 1932

Film Details

Also Known As
The Big Payoff
Release Date
Jan 1932
Premiere Information
release: 10 Oct or 18 May 1932
Production Company
Mascot Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
State Rights
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "A Film Star's Holiday" by Peter B. Kyne in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan (publication date undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

Policeman Jerry Brewster catches two thieves in the act of opening a safe, and is injured when one of the thieves ignites some explosives. After his recovery he returns to the police force, but finds that he is overcome by cowardice when confronted with dangerous situations and resigns. When he attempts suicide by jumping into a river, he is rescued by Dad Tully and his dog, Rinty, who take him to their home. Jerry falls in love with Tully's daughter Martha, and befriends his son Tommy, while living in their tenement and working as a waiter in a cafe whose customers are gangsters. When a gangster falls in love with Tommy's girl friend Peggy, a waitress in the restaurant, he frames Tommy into driving an ill-fated liquor truck, which crashes and kills a policeman. Peggy is killed by the gang after she informs the police of their criminal activities. Tommy is convicted and sentenced to be executed, but is saved when Jerry single-handedly brings the gangsters to justice. He now returns as a hero to the police force.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Big Payoff
Release Date
Jan 1932
Premiere Information
release: 10 Oct or 18 May 1932
Production Company
Mascot Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
State Rights
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "A Film Star's Holiday" by Peter B. Kyne in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan (publication date undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

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Notes

This film was exhibited in New York City beginning January 17, 1933 under the title The Big Payoff. Sources conflict concerning the title of Peter B. Kyne's short story. A Film Daily ad calls it A Film Star's Holiday," while Variety calls it "Pride of the Legion." New York Times noted that the film contained the following dedication: "To the bravest of the brave" and lists the role played by Victor Jory as "Jerry Webster." According to a news item in Film Daily, this was to have been Rin-Tin-Tin Sr.'s first sound film. This picture marks Rin-Tin-Tin Jr.'s film debut.